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Barrel cleaning: how many licks does it take...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Squeaky Wheel, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Squeaky Wheel

    Squeaky Wheel New Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Along the lines of "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?", how many dry patches does it normally take you to get it cleaned to your satisfaction? Is your final dry patch totally white, or does it maybe have a few black/gray specks?

    How did you learn to clean your rifle barrels? What's your procedure? Do you use a brush? Hoppe's No. 9 soaked patch followed by a bunch of dry patches? Do you run a final one with a light coat of gun oil?

    I suppose this is another way of saying, what do the experts say about the proper way to clean the barrel. When I was growing up the only rifles we had were cheap .22 ones (and yes, we were thankful!) and I don't recall ever cleaning the barrel. So, I missed learning the correct way when I was first learning to shoot. Most of my shooting as an adolescent was hunting with a shotgun and I did always clean them very well after each use. But cleaning the inside of a shotgun barrel always seemed far easier to me than a rifle barrel.

    Thank you in advance -- I appreciate your thoughts and insights!
  2. chaser_2332

    chaser_2332 Active Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    I never clean my match rifle's barrels, they like it dirty.
  3. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon Active Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Cochise County AZ
    Get you some miltec-1 and start seasoning your barrel after everycleaning.. You will be surprised just how quickly your barrel cleans up..

    After every range day I finish up with a bore snake and a militec patch. While the barrel is still warm.
  4. Demos

    Demos New Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    It really depends upon the rifle for me. I have a k98 that after shooting Yugo surplus through I can put a foaming bore cleaner in for 15 minutes, scrub it out, and then do it again to get another completely black patch. I swear I have put 50 patches through that gun and not gotten it completely clean. On the other hand, I use about 2 dry patches on my 22s to get them squeaky clean.
  5. Samclrk

    Samclrk New Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    South East Tennessee
    My little rifle is like a young boy .It hates to be cleaned.When I do clean it,it takes a half dozen shots to fowl it so it will shoot worth a hoot.
  6. Orkan

    Orkan Member

    May 21, 2010
    South Dakota

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